Help your staff through an uncertain time for employee health care benefits
August 15, 2017
The only thing we can be sure of when it comes to American health care policy is uncertainty itself. As of this writing, the first few attempts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) have stalled. Meanwhile, health care costs continue to rise, and the Trump administration...
Seven ways to celebrate office birthdays without the sugarcoating
August 8, 2017
Not so long ago, celebrating birthdays in the office was the proverbial “piece of cake”: order a sheet cake from the local bakery and carve it up in the conference room for everyone to share, accompanied by the sounds of all your coworkers being forced to sing the “Happy Birthday” song. But with...
14 ways to help your office save the planet
July 20, 2017
Interested in reducing your office’s carbon footprint? It starts with small changes you can make right now to move toward a greener future. During my time at the Oregon State University Sustainability Office, I spent many months researching how to create the most effective green office using...
Get the most out of your standing desk
July 6, 2017
Interest in standing desks has been growing ever since “sitting is the new smoking” became a mantra among the health-conscious. Maybe you’ve been swept up in the wave, courtesy of an office remodel, or maybe you were persuaded by one of the many articles on the Internet and ordered one for yourself...
An affordable approach to a healthy workplace
April 24, 2017
When you’re busy running your business, it can be easy to forget the importance of healthy eating, exercise, and stress management for yourself and your employees. Before you know it, your employees are trying to meet deadlines while running on coffee, doughnuts, fast-food lunches, and junk from a...
How to stay sane and productive while telecommmuting
April 12, 2017
At first blush, working at home sounds pretty dreamy: no traffic to battle, no time-sucking coworkers—just you, your computer, and possibly your pet. Working from home definitely has its advantages, for both employees and employers. A 2013 experiment run by professors at Stanford University and...
Help coworkers of all stripes get along and be productive
March 27, 2017
Political discussions are unavoidable these days, even at work. Last month we looked at how old boundaries have dissolved in the vitriol of the 2016 election and how employees can navigate this new landscape with their coworkers. But what if you are the boss? (Or the manager or supervisor?) Your...
How food in the office impacts productivity
February 23, 2017
Did you know that work quality and efficiency are affected by the foods employees eat during the day? What if I told you that studies have found that food choices directly correlate with how productive, engaged, and creative people are? Wouldn’t you want to invest in foods that will help your...
Do the old rules about not talking politics at work still hold?
February 21, 2017
During 2016’s long and grueling presidential campaign, millions of Americans with widely different opinions had at least one thought in common: “At least this will all be over soon!” So much for that crazy dream, huh? As the early days of the Trump administration play out, the amount of political...
Six easy ways to make your workplace healthier
January 11, 2017
Unless your job is leading group runs to the health food store to buy organic vegetables and teach people how to cook them, chances are your job is not making you healthier. Here are six easy ways to mitigate the damage that office work can wreak on your body. Take your lunch. We’ve said it many...